Baptism
We are so glad you are here. Today we’re going to walk through what baptism is and what it isn’t.
 
”At Covenant Church baptism is a wonderful celebration event where those who have become followers of Christ “go public” with their decision.
 
Baptism is an outward symbol of the inner commitment we have made in our heart to Jesus Christ. Baptism does not bring salvation, but it is an act of obedience to demonstrate that you have salvation. Jesus was baptized and included baptism in His Great Commission to His disciples.   We believe the Bible teaches that baptism is for any believer old enough to make a personal decision to follow Christ and is done through full immersion in water as a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection.
 
What Is Baptism The definition for the word baptism is “a rite of washing with water as a sign of religious purification and consecration.” This was practiced frequently in the Old Testament. It signified purity or cleansing from sin and devotion to God.   Since baptism was first instituted in the Old Testament many have practiced it as a tradition yet have not fully understood its significance and meaning.   In the New Testament, the significance of baptism is seen more clearly. John the Baptist was sent by God to spread the news of the coming Messiah—Jesus Christ. John was directed by God (John 1:33) to baptize those who accepted his message. John’s baptizing is called “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Mark 1:4.   Those baptized by John acknowledged their sins and professed their faith that through the coming Messiah they would be forgiven. Baptism then is significant in that it represents the forgiveness and cleansing from sin that comes through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  
 
What Baptism Is Not   Baptism does not save you or get you to heaven. It does not make you a believer, it demonstrates that you already believe.  You are only saved by your faith in Jesus.   Ephesians 2:8-9 8 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 – not by works, so that no one can boast.
 
Baptism is an OUTWARD SIGN of an INWARD BEGINNING.   It is a PUBLIC DECLARATION of faith   Your baptism is a way of “Going Public” with your decision to follow Christ.  
 
Why Get Baptized Jesus got baptized (Matthew 3:13-17) and we follow his example.   Jesus told us to get baptized (Matthew 28:19-20). The very last thing Jesus told his disciples was to go out, tell others about him and baptize them.   Your getting baptized is following a command that Jesus gave you.
 
 When Should I Be Baptized As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized.  If you wait until you are “perfect”, you will never feel “good enough.” Baptism is for people who want to please the Lord instead of people who want to impress the Lord.   Those who believed …were baptized that day! Acts 2:41   If baptism is not the first step, what do you think is? There are a lot of scriptures that clearly explain what it takes to Follow Christ.   However, there is a way I like to explain it that is really easy to understand. It’s called the ABC’s of becoming a Christian. It takes a lot of what the Bible talks about becoming a Christian and puts them into an easy format.

Admit Admit that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23   We all make mistakes. Every one of us has and will continue to make mistakes. We sometimes do what we want to do, even when we know it is wrong. That is sin. The first step is to admit that we are a sinner. You can’t be forgiven of your sins if you don’t admit that you are a sinner first.

Believe Believe that Jesus is God’s son. John 3:16 John 14:6   This one is a little more self explanatory. We have to believe that Jesus is who he says he is. Jesus said that he was the son of God. He also said that he is the way to God. He also said that he can forgive our sins. First, we have to realize and admin that we are sinners and then we have to believe that Jesus is the solution to our problem, the savior of sinners like us.
 
Confess Confess that Jesus is Lord. Romans 10:9-10   Confess means to say with your mouth. So, we are to say with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. What does Lord mean? Basically means “someone who is in charge.” We are to say with our mouth that Jesus is in charge. What is he in charge of? He is in charge of our lives. We are publically saying to other people that Jesus is in charge of your life.
 
Kids and Baptism It’s very important that parents and kids take a good look at what baptism is before jumping in to it.   Many kids are drawn to getting baptized after seeing a friend or family member get baptized and many parents are sometimes eager to have their children baptized simply because “it’s what you do.”   Ultimately, the decision for your child to get baptized is yours and you’ll need to decide after talking with your child about the information we cover today.

Infant and Baby Dedication Because we believe that the Bible teaches that baptism is something that happens after a person has made their decision to follow Christ, we do not baptize children younger than 1st grade as we do not feel they can understand the decision clearly. For infants and babies, we do offer a baby dedication service for parents.

 
What Will Happen at my Baptism Those being baptized will enter the baptistery pool and be met by the pastor or person baptizing you.  A short reminder of the new commitment to Christ and what this act symbolizes is stated and then the person will be fully immersed in water (to picture the death of Christ) and raised again out of the water (to give the picture of Christ’s resurrection). Those gathered around cheer and clap to celebrate this decision.
 
Can a Family be Baptized Together? Yes! If each member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. The bible teaches us that the father is to be the spiritual head of the family; we strongly encourage the father to baptize his family. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.   However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them and delays YOUR obedience.
 
Let’s Get Started Covenant Church offers Baptism 4x a year.  In order to participate in Baptism you must complete the Baptism class prior to Baptism Class.   Baptism Class is held the Sunday before your baptism, at 9:15. Someone will call you before the class to give you the location of the class.
 
Preparation for the day of Baptism
  • Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a wash cloth if you wish to cover your face. Come to church wearing the clothes you will be baptized in.

 

  • Both men and women should wear black shorts and a black top. Ladies, please wear pants or appropriate shorts no skirts or dresses.

 

  • You are welcome to invite family and friends, take photos, and celebrate this special time together.

FAQ: What about being Baptized twice?

  • If you were Baptized before you personally chose to follow Christ then you should be baptized now as your personal statement of faith in Christ.

 

  • If you are unsure or have questions please let us know and we’ll be glad to help.

  If you are ready to be baptized, please click the registration link below!